Colorado Rights Blog


  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

Phone bank for

Voting is one of our most basic rights, but it’s meaningless if we don’t take the time to make our voices heard. 
Make some calls. Meet some new friends. Eat some pizza! Help us remind people in Lakewood to vote this November and let them know about the Vehicle Impound ballot initiative they’ll be voting on. This misguided initiative would require police officers to impound the vehicles of anyone driving without license or registration, even if the driver simply forgot those items at home. It would cost drivers $2700 to retrieve their cars from the city impound lots. The ACLU of Colorado is part of the Coloradans for Safe Communities coalition that opposes this initiative because it will encourage racial profiling, eliminate due process protections, and waste public resources. Last year Denver voters defeated an almost identical proposal, Initiative 300, which by nearly a 3-1 margin.
Read more about this dangerous ballot initiative on the Coloradans for Safe Communities website.
RSVP to Emma Dubach Donahue, 303.863.2400,
This phone bank and all other “No on Impound” Phone Banks will be held at:
SEIU Local 105
2525 W. Alameda Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80219
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Here’s the full list of phone bank and canvas dates:
Wednesday, Sept 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 8, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 15, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 22, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 26 Canvass Day in Lakewood (door-knocking), 10am-2pm
Wednesday, Sept 29, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 6, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Oct 11 – Sponsored by 9to5, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday, Oct 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 27, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Nov 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

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